Texas providers charged with healthcare fraud

Thursday, April 7, 2016

MCALLEN, Texas – Federal charges have been filed against two DME owners for allegedly defrauding Texas Medicaid/Medicare through false billings, the Southern District of Texas U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced. Manuel Gomez, owner of two Illusion Medical Equipment locations, and Elva Santos, owner of Hope & Miracle DME, were charged separately in difference cases, but in similar schemes involving incontinence supplies and diabetic supplies. Both allegedly forged the signatures of physicians on the required DME prescription forms.Gomez submitted $2.3 million in claims to Texas Medicaid, while Santos allegedly submitted false and fraudulent claims for approximately $714,000.